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Mackay: Full Day Island Boat Tour on the Great Barrier Reef

4.8 / 5

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Activity provider: Red Cat Adventures

Mackay: Full Day Island Boat Tour on the Great Barrier Reef

Activity provider: Red Cat Adventures

From US$ 133.75 per person

Head out on a journey of discovery to some of the most picturesque and untouched locations on the Great Barrier Reef. Discover the hidden wonders above and below the ocean off the coast of Mackay.

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Duration 7 hours
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  • Swim in crystal clear waters and snorkel fringing reefs around the islands
  • Indulge in a tasty lunch and morning/afternoon snacks
  • Discover secluded beaches on one of the many islands
  • Enjoy a cold beer or drink onboard Wildcat with our fully licensed bar
  • Board a custom-made vessel designed for ultimate comfort and speed
Full description

Get off the beaten track in Mackay and head towards the Great Barrier Reef. See the natural wonders of above and below the ocean as you ride by speedboat to untouched locations. Swim and snorkel in the waters at secluded beaches and grab a snack and beer onboard.

Embark on a full-day journey on the Great Barrier Reef. Board your one-of-a-kind, custom-built vessel that blends technology with practical use. Discover hidden wonders below the ocean's surface, swimming and snorkeling in the waters of various beaches.

Enjoy a morning and afternoon snack on board and cold beer from the fully licensed bar on board. Stop at many locations such as Cockermouth, Brampton, Keswick, St. Bees, and Scawfell islands. Plus, a few well-kept secrets.

  • Use of snorkeling equipment
  • Use of paddleboards
  • Lunch plus morning and afternoon snacks
  • Stinger suit hire and wetsuit hire (winter months only)
  • Drinks (can be purchased onboard)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Please meet at the Wildcat office at the Mackay Marina Village next to George’s Thai at 8.45 am to allow time for the sizing of wetsuits and snorkelling equipment. The vessel will depart at 9:30 am sharp so please don’t be late.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Waterproof camera
  • Biodegradable sunscreen
  • Cash
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • If you have booked the tour between Saturday 23rd April and Wednesday 25th May, be aware that you will be traveling on a similar vessel called Thundercat 2
  • The Thundercat 2 does not have a bar license and is "bring your own" only for this period (no glass or red wine)
  • ·The tour will be departing as per usual from Saturday 28th May onwards
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 10 reviews

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Reece and Benny were the best! We were greeted with a warm and kind welcome at the beginning of the trip and the great service just keeps rolling! There's a lot of very good things to say but I guess the best they've done for me were "encouragement, patience and empathy". I haven't done snorkeling and couldn't swim well too so I do not want to cause trouble and hassle so I was just staring to my fellow travellers who were snorkeling. "Benny" then approached me and asked if I want to join them and offered me to do the dry snorkeling instead. I was just delighted as I really want to see what the reef looks like in my own eyes. So then Reece came and picked me up and patiently guided and supported me as I snorkel while holding onto the boat ladder. This might be so naive of me but this is best thing that happened to me with the best customer service from Reece and Benny! So I would say that this trip is reasonably priced plus you get excellent care and service! 10/10 stars!

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December 3, 2022

Honestly would have liked to go to a second location to snorkel again and skip the beach bit altogether. There was not a lot of fish at all and the clarity was poor at the only snorkel location so a second location would have been good so we got the best experience. People / service was great otherwise.

October 31, 2022

Fun day.

October 25, 2022

Product ID: 413029